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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Rumors Archives
September 2010


  • Vegas images added: Added a few images from the Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Check them out via the NCWTS 2010 Paint Schemes Page.(9-30-2010)

  • GunBroker.com expands Pursuit Channel relationship: SS Green Light Racing is pleased to announce that the popular cable network Pursuit Channel has extended it’s marketing partnership to add a third race in partnership with GunBroker.com and the No. 23 team of Jason White to include the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Mountain Dew 225 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 30th. Pursuit Channel will be also prominently displayed on the decklid and TV panel of the No. 23 truck along with GunBroker.com at the NCWTS Kroger 200 at Martinsville on October 23rd and was previously featured on the No. 23 at Pocono Raceway. White currently sits tenth in the NCWTS point standings and has two top-five and five top-ten finishes so far in 2010. Jason was the pole winner at the season opener at Daytona, and the SS Green Light team will be bringing the same GunBroker.com No.23 truck to Talladega in October.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(9-29-2010)

  • TV ratings continue upward trend: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Las Vegas scored a Nielsen Household Rating of .54 (419,000 households) on SPEED, up 17 percent from last year’s .46 (338,000 households). According to Nielsen Media Research, coverage of the NCWTS race peaked at .59 (453,000 households), up 16 percent from last year’s .51 (381,000 households). After early season postponements at Daytona (rain) and Gateway (electrical) put the series in a ratings hole, the Trucks continue to build momentum with viewers, scoring increases in five of the last eight events (Pocono up 78%, Darlington up 19%, Bristol up 3%, Kentucky 115% and Las Vegas). Since July, NCWTS ratings are up 10 percent year-to-year. The Trucks return to SPEED on Oct. 23 from Martinsville, with live coverage beginning with NCWTS Setup at 12:30 p.m. ET and race coverage beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.(SPEEDtv PR)(9-28-2010)

  • Buescher to run Nationwide race at Kansas: Braun Racing, which was recently acquired by Turner Motorsports, is pleased to announce that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver, James Buescher, will pilot the #11 Toyota Camry in this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway. Buescher will join teammate, Jason Leffler, in sporting the colors of Great Clips, the longest-running primary sponsor in the series. Buescher will be paired with veteran crew chief, Stewart Cooper, who has worked with such talent as Kasey Kahne, David Reutimann and Tayler Malsam in 2010. He will also pilot the No. 11 entry for Braun Racing at Auto Club Speedway.(Braun/Turner Motorsports PR)(9-28-2010)

  • Monday Rundown — Racing Resources:
    *Austin Dillon won the Smith’s Food & Drug Stores 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was his second career Truck series victory in his 22nd start. The last rookie to win more than one race in a season was Carl Edwards, who won three times in 2003. Both of Dillon’s wins came from the pole.
    *Dillon led five times for 93 laps, including the final 35. He moved to fourth in the Truck series standings.
    *Richard Childress Racing posted its 22nd Truck series victory but first win at Las Vegas.
    *Chevrolet scored its eighth win of 2010 (Toyota has won the other 12) and its sixth victory at Las Vegas.
    *The top 10 included four Toyotas and six Chevrolets.
    *Johnny Sauter (second) posted his 10th top-5 this season.
    *James Buescher (third) posted his sixth top-5 this season and his second straight top-3 finish.
    *Todd Bodine (third) posted his 14th top-5 finish this season.
    *Matt Crafton (fifth) posted his 11th straight top-10 finish.
    *Aric Almirola (sixth) posted his eighth straight top-10 finish but has lost 113 points to points leader Bodine in this stretch.
    *David Mayhew (15th) and Jason Bowles (16th) made their series debuts.(ESPN.com)(9-27-2010)

  • Cobb enters Nationwide event at Kansas: Kansas City, Kan., natives have read about local female racecar driver Jennifer Jo Cobb and her quest to make it into the big leagues of NASCAR for several years as she has participated at the Kansas Speedway’s races almost every year since 2002. Cobb has entered this week’s Nationwide Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway with her own team. Mark One Electric a locally owned Kansas City, Kansas/Kansas City, Missouri business is proud to be a returning as a primary sponsor for the JJCR Racing #13 car. Metro Ford, an Independence, Mo. Ford dealership also returns on Cobb’s car. The race car will be on Metro Ford’s showroom floor for fans to see Friday and Saturday, September 24-25. [Address is; 2860 S Noland Road, Independence, Missouri.] The JJCR team will put final preparations on its car “Dorothy” at the dealership Monday and Tuesday, where fans can also stop by to see the car and meet the crew. Guier Fence is a newly acquired sponsor for Cobb’s race team and will be on board for two additional races beyond this week’s event at the Kansas Speedway.(Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing PR)(9-27-2010)

  • Carmichael to make Nationwide debut at Kansas: Turner Motorsports announced today that one of its drivers, Ricky Carmichael, will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in the No. 10 Monster Energy car at Kansas Speedway [Saturday, October 3rd]. Carmichael, a 15-time AMA Champion and current full-time driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will have long-time sponsor, Monster Energy Drink, on the hood of his car as part of Turner Motorsports’ acquisition of Braun Racing. Additionally, Carmichael is set to compete in the Nationwide Series races at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Moving forward, Carmichael plans to run full time in the Truck Series in 2011 and a partial Nationwide Series schedule with approximately seven races.(Turner Motorsports PR)(9-25-2010)

  • Hillman Jr. hurt on pit road at New Hampshire: UPDATE has surgery; at Vegas race: Mike Hillman Jr., crew chief for Camping World Truck Series championship leader Todd Bodine’s Germain Racing Toyota, was injured on pit road at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday evening during a support event. Hillman was a tire carrier on a car in the K&N Pro Series East New Hampshire 125 and was hit on pit road during a pit stop midway through the event. Germain Racing fields a car for Zach Germain and provides technical support for the Hattori Racing Enterprises car of Miguel Paludo. Hillman was first taken to the track’s infield care center where he was checked and then transported by ambulance to a local hospital, a NASCAR spokesman said. “[Hillman] is awake, alert and undergoing testing to determine the injuries to his ankle,” a Germain Racing spokesperson said at 8 p.m. ET. “Mike Jr. hopes to be at the race track on Saturday.”(SceneDaily.com)(9-17-2010)
    UPDATE: From Germain Racing twitter…Thank You for all the concern. #Mike HillmanJr will be okay! He is stable after evaluation. It is confirmed has 2 broken bones in his foot/ankle & a dislocated part of his leg. Surgery will be needed after he returns home to NC.(Twitter–Germain Racing)(9-17-2010)
    UPDATE 2: Mike Hillman Jr., crew chief for Truck Series points leader Todd Bodine, will be with his team in Las Vegas this weekend after having surgery this week for broken bones in his right leg and foot. Hillman had surgery Tuesday afternoon to insert screws and a metal plate to stabilize the broken bones in his lower leg and foot. Hillman was injured last Friday when he was struck on pit road at New Hampshire by the Germain Racing Toyota driven by Zach Germain during a K&N Pro Series East race. Hillman was carrying tires for the car driven by Miguel Paludo that is also fielded out of the Germain shop. After being treated at the Concord (N.H.) Hospital emergency room on Friday evening, Hillman was on pit road for Saturday’s Truck race, in which Bodine finished ninth. “I feel good,” Hillman said Thursday. “Wednesday I rested a lot. I’ll go to Las Vegas on Friday and try to get our Valvoline Tundra back in Victory Lane and I’ll go back to the doctor on Monday for a follow-up visit. “I don’t expect to need any further surgery, and I can’t thank everyone enough for their calls and concern. It’s helped the healing process a ton.”(NASCAR.com)(9-24-2010)

  • Turner Motorsports acquires Braun Racing: Turner Motorsports, currently a two-team operation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, announced today that they are acquiring select assets of Braun Racing’s NASCAR Nationwide Series team and will immediately take over operation of the organization. Braun Racing fields four entries in the NASCAR Nationwide Series – the No. 32, No. 38, No. 10 and No. 11 cars with a driver line-up that includes Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, Reed Sorenson, Jason Leffler, David Reutimann, Brian Scott, Tayler Malsam and Jacques Villeneuve. These four teams will join forces with the existing Turner Motorsports’ NCWTS entries – the No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Ricky Carmichael, and the No. 31 Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet Silverado, driven by James Buescher. With the acquisition of Braun Racing, Turner Motorsports will field six teams in two of NASCAR’s top-three premier series. Plans for the 2011 racing season include three NNS teams and three NCWTS teams. The NNS driver line up for Turner Motorsports will be announced in October. As for the NCWTS teams, James Buescher will once again pilot the No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado with Ricky Carmichael also returning to drive the No. 4 Chevrolet Silverado. The team will operate out of Braun Racing’s current 88,000 square-foot facility in Mooresville, NC. Todd Braun, Doug Stringer and Harry Scott, Jr. will continue to be an integral part of Turner Motorsports.(Braun/Turner Motorsports PR)(9-24-2010)

  • Three trucks entered for Germain at LVMS: Germain Racing will have a trio of drivers in Saturday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in Las Vegas. Series points leader and 2006 champ Todd Bodine will continue his march toward the 2010 title in the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra when the field takes the green flag at 9:30 p.m.Heading into race No. 20 of the 25-race NCWTS schedule, Bodine has a 257-point advantage over Aric Almirola. Last week at Loudon, N.H., Bodine managed a ninth-place finish, one spot behind Almirola. With team ownership based in Naples, Germain Racing also has its No. 9 and No. 77 Tundras on the entry list for the Smith’s Food and Drug Stores 350. Justin Hobgood will handle the No. 9 machine and Jason Bowles will pilot the No. 77.(NaplesNews.com)(9-24-2010)

  • Goodyear Tire Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams ran at Las Vegas this past spring . . . while this is the first time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams will run this left-side tire code (D-4316), they have run this right-side code (D-4234) several times over the past two seasons — at Las Vegas, Darlington and Charlotte. . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Las Vegas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR) [Complete tire specs are posted on the LVMS Race Page.](9-24-2010)

  • Revised qualifying procedure planned for remainder of season: The National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced today that it will revise the qualifying procedure for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the remainder of the 2010 season. The order in which trucks will qualify for the remaining six races of the season for the 36 available positions will be based on the fastest time recorded during practice sessions. Times will be inverted, allowing the slowest truck in practice to be the first out in qualifying, with the fastest truck going out last. The series first unveiled the slowest to fastest qualifying procedure at Pocono Raceway in July and then again at Chicagoland Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. A drawing for qualifying order will be held in the event inclement weather cancels the session. The field would then be set according to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)(9-23-2010)

  • Stratopshere’s annual free autograph session this Friday: The Stratosphere Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will host a free NASCAR Camping World Series driver autograph session on Friday, Sept. 24. The autograph session will take place in the casino from 7-8:30 pm local time. The Stratosphere’s fan-friendly fest is a prelude to the Smith’s 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. [For a list of participating drivers and more details, plus other driver appearance info, visit the Jayksi Appearances page.](LVMS PR)(9-23-2010)

  • Raybestos Rookie News & Notes – Las Vegas:
    *Austin Dillon was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    *Dillon scored a ninth-place finish, his 13th top-10 of the season, and grabbed top rookie honors for the 13th time in 2010.
    *Dillon remains sixth in the series championship standings, five points behind fifth-place Matt Crafton and 61 ahead of seventh-place Ron Hornaday Jr.
    *Dillon leads Justin Lofton by 48 points (225-177) in the overall Raybestos Rookie standings entering the September 25 Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    *Raybestos Rookie Johnny Sauter scored his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in the 2009 Smith’s 350, crossing the finish line 2.474 seconds ahead of second-place Matt Crafton. He is the only Raybestos Rookie to win in 13 previous races at Las Vegas.
    *Top-five finishes by Raybestos Rookies at Las Vegas:
    1998: Greg Biffle, fifth
    1998: Greg Biffle, third
    2001: Travis Kvapil, third
    2009: Johnny Sauter, first
    *At least one Raybestos Rookie has finished inside the top-10 in each of the last three consecutive races at Las Vegas.
    *The most Raybestos Rookies to finish inside the top-10 in a race at Las Vegas are three (1998 and 2006).
    *Sauter holds the record for most laps led by a Raybestos Rookie at Las Vegas, leading four times for a race-high 62 laps. *Bryan Reffner (1996) is the only Raybestos Rookie to win a pole position in 13 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Las Vegas.(Raybestos PR)(9-22-2010)

  • Pursley makes 2nd start at LVMS: Greg Pursley, driver of the StarNursery.com/Gene Price Motorsports #62 Chevy Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is eagerly awaiting his return to race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Saturday, September 25, 2010. The team fresh off a win at Miller Motorsports Park, Utah in the NASCAR K&N Pro West Series is partnering with StarNursery.com for two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. One at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the other at Phoenix International Raceway November 12, 2010. StarNursery.com, an online store for irrigation, landscape, lighting, tools, fertilizers, pottery and garden supplies has been a long-time supporter of NASCAR, Greg Pursley and Gene Price Motorsports. Pursley’s first attempt in the truck series netted him a solid top ten finish last July at Iowa Speedway(GPM/RacingWest.com)(9-22-2010)

  • Jackson returns to trucks at LVMS: Missouri native Tony Jackson Jr. returns to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the SS Green Light Racing No. 07. For the first time in six NCWTS starts, Jackson will work with a new crew chief as veteran Butch Miller will be atop the pit box for Jackson Saturday night for the Smiths 350. Building enclosure specialist ASI Limited will be on the quarter panels of Jackson’s No. 07 Chevy for the Smiths 350 along with Las Vegas landmark Stratosphere Las Vegas Casino, Hotel & Tower.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(9-22-2010)

  • Carmichael making first start at Las Vegas: Ricky Carmichael will be making his NCWTS debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The #4-Monster Energy Chevrolet will be hosting Food 4 Less and AM/PM stores on the rear quarter panels this weekend at Las Vegas. Fans can get a first-hand look at the Monster Energy Chevrolet when the show truck appears at the AM/PM store in Henderson (198 N. Pecos Rd) on Friday from 10 am -2 pm and at the Food 4 Less in North Las Vegas (3013 West Craig Rd.) from 4 -8 pm. Carmichael will also be making a personal appearance at the Food 4 Less in North Las Vegas on Friday. [Details are posted on the Jayski Appearances Page.](Turner Motorsports PR)(9-22-2010)

  • Malsam returning to RMM for Vegas: UPDATE 2 images added: Tayler Malsam, who has been racing in the Nationwide Series since being released by Kyle Busch Motorsports early in the season, will return to the Truck Series in an entry fielded by Randy Moss Motorsports. Malsam competed for RMM for the entire 2009 season before moving on to KBM for 2010. Expect veteran crew chief Doug Wolcott to call the shots for Malsam’s team at LVMS. Malsam ran the first seven truck races of the season for KBM before his team was shut down due to lack of funding. The young driver from Washington was then given an opportunity to run for Braun Racing in the Nationwide Series and has since made 11 starts with a best finish of 11th. No word on if any more truck races are planned for Malsam.(TheNASCARInsiders.com)(9-20-2010)
    UPDATE: Randy Moss Motorsports will return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway as a two-truck organization with sophomore driver Tayler Malsam behind the wheel of the team’s second Toyota Tundra entry. Malsam will return to the team where he made his rookie of the year campaign in the NASCAR® Camping World Truck Series™ to pilot the No. 25 EXIDE Batteries Toyota Tundra at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Despite a new number on the side of his Toyota Tundra, Malsam will compete with many of the same team members that he raced with during his rookie campaign including crew chief Doug Wolcott. Randy Moss Motorsports started the season as a two-truck organization but took a brief three-week hiatus to regroup and prepare for Malsam’s return to the No. 25 Exide Batteries Toyota Tundra. Malsam is expected to be behind the wheel of the No. 25 Toyota Tundra again before the 2010 season concludes, stay tuned for race dates and sponsor information.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(9-21-2010)
    UPDATE 2: Images of the #25 Exide Toyota are posted on the #24 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.(9-22-2010)

  • Hamilton buys Riverview Speedway Park: Thanks to Bobby Hamilton Jr., Middle Tennessee stock car fans will have another venue to watch racing other than Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway, which is expected to close in October. Hamilton has purchased Riverview Speedway Park, a quarter-mile paved oval, in Carthage about 50 miles from Nashville. “It won’t ever take the place of the Fairgrounds, but it’s going to be another venue to go to,” said Hamilton, who also owns Highland Rim Speedway in Ridgetop. “Some people will complain that (Riverview) is so far out. But for a lot the people that come to the Fairgrounds or to Highland Rim, this is closer. We’ve got travelers that live in Murfreesboro, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, and (Riverview) is only 25 minutes from them.” Hamilton is currently overseeing renovations, repairs and construction of a pit road. The first event — Racin’ on the River — is scheduled for Oct. 11.(Tennessean)(9-21-2010)

  • Ickler returns to #18 for final 2010 start: Brian Ickler is down to his last chance this season to bring home a win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series behind the wheel of the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). Ickler will make his seventh Truck Series start of the season for KBM during Saturday night’s Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For the first time this season, Ickler and the No. 18 Toyota Tundra truck will wear the familiar colors of M&M’s, Busch’s sponsor on his No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Ickler returns to the track where he drove the No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota to a solid ninth-place finish a year ago in his only previous outing at Las Vegas.(Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(9-21-2010)

  • BBM continues partnership with Stratosphere: For the past six years, Billy Ballew Motorsports and the Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower have partnered together for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. At the Smith’s Food and Drug Stores 350, BBM will be running the Casino Hotel and Tower’s logo on the #15 and 51 Toyota Tundras to encourage everyone to experience the Stratosphere. BBM will also host guests of the Stratosphere as honorary crew members for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on September 25. Joining the #51 team, with driver Aric Almirola, will be Randy & Diana Hart. Londa McClung will be an honorary crew member of the 315 team, with driver Nelson Piquet Jr.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(9-21-2010)

  • Piquet returns to series in #15: Nelson Piquet Jr. will return to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition for this week’s Smith’s Food and Drug Stores 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Piquet will be behind the wheel of the No. 15 Qualcomm-ArcSight Tundra fielded by Billy Ballew Motorsports. Piquet has four previous NCWTS starts, finishing inside the top-10 in three of those events. At intermediate speedways, he has two NCWTS starts, which resulted in a 16th-place finish at Charlotte and an eighth-place finish at Texas. As a tune up for Las Vegas, Piquet raced at Hickory Motor Speedway last Saturday in Late Model competition. Piquet finished eighth in the Bojangles Late Models 100. Calling the shots for Piquet this week will be Doug George. George, who worked as crew chief of the No. 15 truck through 2009, will be back on the pit box at Las Vegas.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(9-21-2010)

  • Red Horse Racing meets Red Horse Squadron: The #17 and #7 Red Horse Racing teams will be heading over to Nellis Air Force Base on Friday morning to meet with the Air Force’s own, Red Horse Squadron (RHUSAF). The group is a civil engineering unit that will be deploying in October. The Red Horse Squadron will be showing the RHR crew what they do on missions. RHUSAF’s motto is Semper Ducimus, which translates to “we always lead.” Peters hopes to make that his personal motto on Saturday night. The RHUSAF flag will also be flying on the #17 pit box during the race. That flag has flown during combat in 18 different countries and will fly for the last time on Saturday night before being laid to rest as a gift to the Commander of the RHUSAF upon his retirement. The RHUSAF logo will adorn the hood and TV panel of the #17 in the Smith’s Food and Drug Stores 300. Several members of the unit will also be in the pits as guests of Red Horse Racing.(Red Horse Racing PR)(9-21-2010)

  • Lafferty Motorsports crew involved in accident: While following the race hauler back from New Hampshire Calvin and Steven Wood were involved in an accident hitting the concrete median, which deployed both airbags, the car is believed to be a total loss. Both Calvin and Steven were treated at the scene then released. Chris Lafferty was driving the hauler and returned to help, “I’m just glad they were not hurt, we can get another car but my guys are irreplaceable.” The Lafferty team will be in Las Vegas this week while Calvin Wood stays behind. Calvin Wood is the listed owner of Lafferty Motorsports, Steven Wood is the son of Calvin and is a mechanic for the team.(Lafferty Motorsports PR)(9-21-2010)

  • Schrader returns to #2; Kroger to sponsor: Ken Schrader will return to the #2 Chevrolet Silverado for this weekend’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Smith’s Food & Drug Stores 350 will mark Schrader’s sixth Truck Series start for Kevin Harvick Inc. in 2010. In his five previous starts for the team, Schrader has five consecutive top-10 finishes, including two top fives at Texas Motor Speedway in May and Iowa Speedway in July. Schrader has an average start of 8.6 and an average finish of 7.6 in KHI equipment this season.The #2 Chevrolet Silverado will be turning blue with a brand new paint scheme for LVMS. For the first time, longtime partner Kroger will take the spotlight as primary sponsor of the #2 in Las Vegas. Kroger’s West Coast retail operation and race sponsor Smith’s Food & Drug Stores will also be represented on the truck’s tonneau cover in support of the entitlement.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(9-21-2010)

  • Cobb makes first start at LVMS: This week will mark Jennifer Jo Cobb’s first race at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Her best finishes of 2010 have come at intermediate speedways. She piloted #10-Driven Ford F-150 to a 14th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway and recorded another 14th-place finish at Darlington Raceway. Cobb is currently 17th in NCWTS championship standings, 196 points outside of the top-15.(Cobb Racing Team PR)(9-21-2010)

  • TGR supports Wounded Warrior Project for final six: Danny Gill recently partnered up with Boswell & Associates, a consulting firm based not far from Chicagoland Speedway. The result is Team Gill Racing’s “Racing To Make A Difference Program”, which will support the Wounded Warrior Project over the final six races of the NCWTS season. Starting with the September 25th race at Las Vegas and through the remaining five races, Team Gill Racing’s Dodges will feature the Wounded Warrior Project logo. The team will also host six warriors at each race, who will be able to spend time with the team and see what goes on in the garage and pit areas. Based in Jacksonville, the Wounded Warrior Project began when several individuals took small, inspired actions to help others in need. A group of veterans and brothers were moved by the difficult stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. The resulting objective was to provide tangible support for the severely wounded and help them on the road to healing, both physically and mentally. For more information visit the Wounded Warrior Project website.(Team Gill Racing PR)(9-20-2010)

  • Crawford returns with Tagsby Racing for Vegas: Rick Crawford and SUPERSEAL Construction Products return to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series action this weekend in Las Vegas. Crawford reteams with Tagsby Racing [#73 Chevrolet] and crew chief Travis Sharpe for the Smith’s Food and Drug Store 350. Crawford is the only NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver to compete in every race at Vegas where he’s completed more laps and has more top 10s than any other driver. Along with primary sponsorship from SUPERSEAL Crawford will carry South Point Hotel Casino & Spa as an associate sponsor this weekend.(Rick Crawford PR)(9-20-2010)

  • New Hampshire images added: Added several images from New Hampshire. Check them out via the 2010 NCWTS Paint Schemes page.(9-20-2010)

  • Long returns at LVMS in family-owned truck UPDATE: image added: Eexpect an announcement on Monday that Long will be driving a truck prepared by her family’s race team, Panhandle Motorsports {#20 Panhandle/Group3 Asphalt Toyota]. We’ve heard that her effort will be led by veteran crew chief Kevin “Cowboy” Starland, and that more races might be upcoming for Long and Panhandle for the 2010 season. If she qualifies, the Vegas race will mark Long’s fourth start of the season. In her previous three truck starts (for Billy Ballew Motorsports) coming at O’Reilly Raceway Park, Nashville Superspeedway, and Chicagoland Speedway, Long has scored two top 20 finishes. Besides racing trucks, Long has spent the season making various latemodel starts at tracks in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, and has two USAR ProCup starts.(TheNASCARInsiders.com)
    UPDATE: Rendering of the #20 Panhandle/Group3 Asphalt Toyota from Johanna’s FB page has been posted to the #20 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.(9-20-2010)

  • Monday Rundown – Racing Resources:
    *Kyle Busch won TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was his 21st career Truck series victory in his 80th start, tying Todd Bodine for the most wins all time [Ron Hornaday Jr. leads series overall with 46]. It was Busch’s 18th NASCAR win in 2010 (three Sprint Cup, 10 Nationwide, five Truck) and his 80th victory overall.
    *Busch led eight times for 156 laps, including the final two.
    *Toyota posted its 12th win in 2010 (Chevy won the other seven) and fourth overall at New Hampshire.
    *The top 10 consisted of four Toyotas and six Chevrolets.
    *James Buescher (second) tied his career-best finish. He was penalized for removing equipment from his pit stop on Lap 65 while running third. Buescher took the lead with 10 laps to go when Busch and Harvick were battling for the lead but was passed with two to go.
    *Matt Crafton (fourth) had his 10th straight top-10 finish.
    *Austin Dillon (fifth) was the top-finishing rookie for the 13th time in 2010.
    *Todd Bodine (ninth) has a 257-point lead in the Truck standings, largest in series history with six races to go.
    *Bobby Hamilton Jr. (10th) had his first top-10 finish since Homestead in 2006.
    *Eddie MacDonald finished 30th in his series debut.
    *The race had only three leaders but 16 lead changes.(ESPN.com)(9-20-2010)

  • KHI sponsorship outlook promising: Kevin Harvick sported a new primary sponsor on the No. 2 truck this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and said he hopes to wrap up sponsorship plans for his Kevin Harvick Inc. organization “in the next three or four weeks. KHI fields two trucks with defending series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. in the team’s No. 33 and a variety of drivers in the team’s No. 2 entry. Harvick has been able to put together a number of limited sponsorships, however, to keep the teams on the track. That could change for the better in the coming weeks, he said. “We’ve been very fortunate on the sponsorship side. Hopefully in the next three or four weeks we should have a lot of things wrapped up. And that’s a good thing,” he said. “Our intentions are to still compete in both as they currently stand in the Truck Series and the Nationwide Series with the vehicles that we have and hopefully maybe a few more races than what we currently run. … Our current sponsors are all going to still be involved from the Nationwide side and many of them on the truck side. For us, we’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of success on the sponsorship side and things are going great.”(SceneDaily.com)(9-19-2010)

  • Karthikeyan returns at Vegas; among goals, further India’s NASCAR base: Narain Karthikeyan wants to compete in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. Along the way, he wants to co-opt 1.2 billion of his countrymen into following stock-car racing. Karthikeyan became the first India native to break onto the NASCAR circuit in March when he finished 13th in a Camping World Truck Series event. He’ll race again on Sept. 25 in the Smith’s Food & Drug Stores 350 in Las Vegas. “I think that NASCAR has a huge potential market in India, and I feel that I have a great opportunity to introduce India to NASCAR,” Karthikeyan said. “I’m pretty confident that the Indian will thoroughly enjoy the excitement, adrenalin-charged atmosphere and sheer bumper-to-bumper racing that is NASCAR.” Karthikeyan shares this vision with the man who offered him the chance to drive stock cars — rookie owner Miguel Abaroa of Starbeast Motorsports. Abaroa plucked Karthikeyan from the Formula 1 circuit with the ambitious goal of tapping into India’s sports culture and going global. “Not only do we want to build a championship-caliber NASCAR team, but we also want to create a bridge between these two countries,” Abaroa said. “We want to bring a new option to people [in India] who follow sports.” The Starbeast team isn’t the only entity that sees the financial potential and cultural promise of the venture. NEO Sports, an Indian sports channel similar to ESPN, is broadcasting all of Karthikeyan’s truck races this year, as well as all the Sprint Cup events.(ESPN.com)(9-18-2010)

  • Current top-five in Most Popular Driver voting: Online voting has been underway since July 6 for the 2010 Most Popular Driver of the Year Awards in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Now, for the first time in the three-year history of the poll, the top five vote-getters in each series will be unveiled before voting closes in November. The early reveal gives fans the opportunity to perhaps increase their favorite driver’s lead, or help build the numbers to move their favorite higher in either poll. To date, nearly 30,000 fans have voted in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, while over 25,000 fans have cast votes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. ere are the top five thus far in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in alphabetical order, also through Wednesday, Sept. 15: Johnny Benson, Ricky Carmichael, Austin Dillon, Ron Hornaday Jr., Narain karthikeyan. Fans can visit www.nascar.com and vote for their favorite driver for the 2010 Most Popular Driver of the Year Award in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Fans may vote or submit a write-in candidate once per day and are encouraged to vote throughout the season. Voting for the Camping World Truck Series ends November 12, 2010. Results will be announced at the combined awards banquet for the NASCAR Nationwide and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which will be held at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on Monday, Nov. 22.(NASCAR PR)(9-16-2010)

  • Goodyear Tire Notes – NHMS: While teams in both NASCAR series in action at New Hampshire this weekend will run the same left-side tire code (D-4238), they will run distinct right-side codes . . . Camping World Truck teams run this same combination of left- and right-side tires at Gateway and Phoenix in 2010 . . . this is also the same tire combination that Truck Series teams ran at New Hampshire in 2009 . . . as on most NASCAR one-mile ovals, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.(Goodyear PR)[Complete tire specs are posted on the New Hampshire Race Page.](9-16-2010

  • Busch won’t run team in 2011 without sponsor: Kyle Busch said Wednesday he would shut down his Camping World Truck Series team after this season if he cannot find a sponsor. At the start of the year, Busch thought he had Miccosukee Resort & Gaming as a sponsor for one truck for the entire season, and had hoped to find sponsors for two more trucks. But a change in leadership at the Indian tribe resulted in the loss of that sponsorship and no other full-time sponsors materialized. He started the year with two trucks, sharing the driving duties with Brian Ickler in one of the entries while Tayler Malsam drove the team’s second truck. But Busch ended up shutting down Malsam’s team in June because of the lack of sponsorship, and Malsam joined Braun Racing. “If we don’t find a sponsor for next year, I’m going to have shut it down. I’m not going to be able to do anything. That’s very unfortunate because I love all the guys working for me.” Busch said he has about 30 employees who would be let go from the No. 18 team, which is currently second in the owner points, just 82 points behind the Germain Racing No. 30 team and driver Todd Bodine.(SceneDaily.com)(9-16-2010)

  • New sponsor on the #13 at NHMS: Street Smart all-weather pothole patch will be on the #13 Chevrolet this weekend. StreetSmart Pothole Patch is a permanent rapid set material designed for repairing potholes in roads, parking lots, driveways, and other blacktop and concrete pavement surfaces. Sauter has one previous NCWTS start at New Hampshire; he finished fifth after starting seventh last season. He completed all 200 laps.(ThorSport Racing PR)(9-16-2010)

  • Skinner to sport new paint scheme: UPDATE image added The #5 will feature a new paint scheme this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as International Truck and EXIDE Batteries combine their colors and logos on Mike Skinner’s Toyota Tundra. The duo will join forces again later this season at Texas Motor Speedway. Mike Skinner is the only competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series that has won multiple poles at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(9-14-2010)
    UPDATE: Rendering of the #5 International/Exide Toyota is posted on the #5 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.(9-15-2010)

  • Raybestos Rookie News & Notes – NHMS:
    *Austin Dillon was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the September 3 Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Dillon scored a ninth-place finish, his 12th top-10 in 18 races this season and claimed Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the 12th time. He is sixth in the series championship standings.
    *Dillon won the pole at Kentucky, his FOURTH of the season, tying him with Greg Biffle (1998) and Kurt Busch (2000) for most poles by a Raybestos Rookie in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history.
    *Dillon leads Lofton by 43 points (218-175) in the overall Raybestos Rookie standings entering the September 18 TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    *Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2009 race at New Hampshire, claiming a fifth-place finish.
    *Two Raybestos Rookies have won in the Camping World Truck Series since the series began competing at New Hampshire in 1996 (14 races): Andy Houston (1998) and Kurt Busch (2000).
    *The most Raybestos Rookies to finish inside the top-five in a New Hampshire race are THREE in 1998.(Raybestos PR)(9-15-2010)

  • Zachry onboard with Starr at Loudon: David Starr and the SS Green Light Racing team will return to the track after a much-deserved weekend off. The team has been working hard since Starr joined the team three weeks ago to prepare for the remainder of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. The Texas native is excited as the TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 at New Hampshire will mark the first race together for the SS Green Light team with Starr’s longstanding sponsor Zachry and the #81 Toyota will sport the colorful Zachry black and green paint scheme. David is also happy to be re-united with Crew Chief Jason Miller at SS Green Light Racing. Starr has nine career NCWTS starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with two top-five finishes and five top-ten finishes. His best finish at New Hampshire is third in 2002; he also finished fifth in 2006. He has completed 1804 out of a possible 1,809 competition laps. David’s average start is 12.9 and his average finish is 10.1.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(9-15-2010)

  • Lia returns to #90 at familiar stop in NH: After a strong run in his debut with Stringer Motorsports #90 Camping World Truck Series Toyota at Kentucky Speedway, he is set to do battle at a place he knows well, New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Although Lia was born and raised in New York, the two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champ knows the one-mile New England facility like the back of his hand. Theracedayraffleseries.com 175 will be Donny’s 17th career start at NHMS. Lia has won twice in the NASCAR Modified ranks there. Last year, he captured a dramatic last-lap win in the June Modified Tour race at the Loudon, NH speed-plant. This weekend’s race will be Lia’s fourth in a Camping World Truck at NHMS.(Stringer Motorsports PR)(9-15-2010)

  • White back to Chevy for NHMS: A strong top-five performance moved Jason White back into the top-ten in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings two weeks ago at Kentucky. The Virginia native will make his fourth start at the flat one-mile track in Loudon, New Hampshire this weekend White will be piloting the GunBroker.com #23 Chevrolet. “We’re going to bring a Chevy this weekend, it’s a truck we’ve run before, but we’ve converted it over for New Hampshire.”(SS Green Light Racing PR)(9-15-2010)

  • Bainey in #06 for Brackett at NHMS: Dale Brackett has discovered just how hard it is to run his own team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He attempted to qualify for races at Martinsville and O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, only to be sent home before each race. In an attempt to evaluate his program for his homecoming race in Saturday’s TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, Brackett has recruited the Bainey family to give him some help. Brackett bought his two race trucks from Tim Bainey Sr. before the season. Tim Bainey Jr. will pilot the #06 Chevrolet Silverado with his brother, Dan Bainey, as his crew chief. Tim Bainey Sr. will serve as the spotter. Brackett returns to the driver’s seat in October at Martinsville.(Bangor Daily News)(9-15-2010)

  • Triple-duty for MacDonald at NH; first truck start, first spec engine: Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team will have their hands full this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as they will participate in three of the scheduled five events at “The Magic Mile.” MacDonald will take the green flag in the K&N Pro Series East” New Hampshire 125 on Friday, then compete in the Camping World Truck Series and the American-Canadian Tour Invitational races scheduled for Saturday. MacDonald [#71-Ford] will be in running a “spec” engine for the first time in the Truck Series. Running a “spec” engine has been talked about for a while and has been tested at some tracks but no team has decided to use one in a race.(Eddie MacDonald PR)(9-14-2010)

  • Carmichael golf tourney raises $45k: Ricky Carmichael hosted his second annual charity golf tournament on Monday, September 13th in Tallahassee, Fla., to support ECHO, a local non-profit organization that supports homeless families in the Tallahassee-area with food, clothing, job training and even housing assistance. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick was among the celebrities attending the event. The tournament raised more than $45,000 to support the efforts of the organization. The Monster Energy Chevrolet will be hosting Shaw’s grocery store on the rear quarter panels this weekend at New Hampshire. Fans can get a first-hand look at the Monster Energy Chevrolet when the show truck appears at the Shaw’s store in Concord, NH (20 Fort Eddy Rd.) on Friday from 1:00-5:00 pm.(Turner Motorsports PR)(9-14-2010)

  • Tork on the #17 hood at NH: Red Horse Racing would like to say “thank you” to sponsor Tork this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway. Tork, the longest running sponsor at Red Horse Racing, will adorn the hood of the #17 Toyota with driver, Timothy Peters, this Saturday. TheRaceDayShuffleSeries.com 175 will mark Timothy Peters’ third career start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Peters is currently fourth in the driver point standings, but just 104 points separate him from the second spot. He also holds a 72 point margin on the fifth place driver.(Red Horse Racing PR)(9-14-2010)

  • Braun Racing to Turner; expanding truck teams? We reported a little over a week ago via Twitter that we’d heard the Braun Racing sale to Steve Turner was a done deal. More details are emerging about the deal and what this new Turner Motorsports will most likely be. First, we’ve heard that the team will still probably run 3-4 Nationwide cars next season, and that they may expand their Truck Series program to three teams. We’ve also heard that the team will utilize Chevrolet equipment, and that the current fleet of Braun Toyotas will be switched over. Look for James Buescher, Ricky Carmichael, Reed Sorenson, and Brian Scott to all continue driving for the team, with the rest of the seats still up in the air.(TheNASCARInsiders.com)(9-14-2010)

  • Hamilton Jr. to #47 at NH with new sponsor: Rick Ware Racing is proud to announce that Greeting Express has joined the family of primary sponsors for their 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaign with driver Bobby Hamilton Jr at New Hampshire International Speedway on September 18th. Greeting Express, Inc. will sponsor the #47 Chevrolet driven Hamilton, Jr. Not only will this opportunity provide exposure to the nation for Greeting Express Inc. Based in Durham, NC, Greeting Express, Inc. will launch their business in October as a print house for corporations, photographers, schools. This endeavor will open up job opportunities for up to 50 people in the Durham Research Triangle Park area by the time the website launches.(Rick Ware Racing PR) [Rendering of the #47 Greetings Express Chevrolet is posted on the #47 NCWTS Paint Schemes page.](9-13-2010)

  • Harvick returns to the #2; new sponsor onboard: This weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick will get behind the wheel of the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado for the fifth time in 2010. In his four Truck Series starts this season, the Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) co-owner has visited victory lane three times (Atlanta Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Gateway International Raceway), and finished second in his only non-victory of the year at Nashville Superspeedway. In 2010, Harvick has an average starting position of 3.75 and an average finish of 1.25 in the No. 2 truck. Harvick will sport a bright new paint scheme this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as KHI welcomes aboard JEGS.com as sponsor of the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado. The KHI partnership comes amidst the JEGS Mail Order 50th anniversary celebration, which the high-performance retailer has been celebrating throughout 2010 via consumer promotions and motorsports sponsorships.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR) [Image of the #2 Jegs.com Chevrolet is posted on the #2 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.](9-13-2010)

  • DRM’s driver lineup for NHMS: Daisy Ramirez Motorsports has announced that Brian Weber former Nationwide owner/driver and BeBevCo CEO will trade in his business suit for a driving suit for next weeks NASCAR Camping World Truck event in the #00 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway [late entry]. Weber ran his first NASCAR Nationwide race was all the way back in 1988 at then IRP he also made numerous starts in the NASCAR Nationwide series in 2001-2003 seasons. The sponsor will be Sleep Better Tonight / Komadrinks.com. Carl Long is scheduled to drive the #01 Koma Unwind/Chilaxation Drink Chevy at New Hampshire.(Ramirez Motorsports PR)(9-13-2010)

  • TGR driver lineup for Loudon: UPDATE more races for King: After a strong run at Bristol, John King is back with Team Gill Racing for TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The first time out King qualified 30th; worked into the Top 5 before finishing the night in a very respectable 15th position. J.C. Stout is making his fifth start of the season for Team Gill Racing behind the wheel of the #95 Dodge Ram at New Hampshire.(Team Gill Racing PR)(9-10-2010)
    UPDATE: Besides the New Hampshire NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, King also plans on running the Kroger 200 on Oct. 23 at Martinsville Speedway, which will be a companion weekend event with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Following the New Hampshire and Martinsville races, King and Gill will evaluate their performances for a possible run in the season-ending Ford 200 on Nov. 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.[Images of the #46 Fairway Ford/Express Signs Ford are posted on the #46 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.](9-13-2010)

  • ThorSport teammates head to Toledo for ARCA event: ThorSport Racing teammates Tommy Jacobs and Jeriod Prince are taking the weekend off from their duties with Matt Crafton and the No. 88 Menards/SealBest Chevrolet, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be racing this weekend. With the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series off this weekend, Jacobs, in partnership with Mark Gibson Racing, will field the #9 Tommy Jacobs Racing Chevrolet in this weekend’s ARCA Racing Series 200-lapper at Toledo Speedway. Meanwhile Prince will hop behind the wheel in hopes of scoring his second career ARCA top-10 in his second career start. Jacobs has the full support from the rest of the ThorSport Racing team. Crew chief Bud Haefele will be on site to oversee the effort and the entire pit crew will be there to service the car on pit road. In addition to being the car owner for the weekend, Jacobs will also serve as the front tire changer on pit road. The Northwest Ohio Ford Dealers 200 at Toledo Speedway is scheduled for Sunday September 12 at 2 P.M. Eastern. The race can be heard on affiliates of the BAS Racing Network, at basbroadcasting.com, and on ARCARacing.com.(ThorSport Racing PR)(9-9-10)

  • Gosselin picks up sponsor for four: DGM Racing and Mario Gosselin, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular, have joined forces with new primary sponsor Accell Construction for four races. Their first race together will be TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 18, 2010. Accell Construction will also be the primary sponsor for the DGM Racing #12 entry driven by Gosselin at upcoming events in Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, and Phoenix International Raceway. Accell Construction is a Claremore, Okla. company specializing in site civil construction with operating capabilities across the United States, and is owned & operated by Stephen Todhunter. Accell Construction is no stranger to the racing world as they have an on-going partnership with ARCA Racing driver Russ Dugger, who they are sponsoring in the Kansas Lottery 150 at Kansas Speedway on September 30, 2010.(DGM Racing PR.) [Rendering of the #12-Accell Construction Chevy is posted on the #12 NCWTS Paint Schemes page.](9-9-2010)

  • TV ratings continue second-half surge: SPEED coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Kentucky scored a Nielsen Household Rating of .84 (644,000 households), up 115 percent from last year’s mark of .39 (287,000 households) for the equivalent weekend in Iowa. Race coverage peaked at 1.07 (819,000 households) according to Nielsen Media Research, an increase over last year’s peak of .45 (336,000 households), a 138-percent increase. After early season postponements at Daytona (rain) and Gateway (electrical) put the series in a ratings hole, the Trucks continue to build momentum with viewers, scoring increases in four of the last six events (Pocono up 78%, Darlington up 19%, Bristol up 3% and Kentucky). Since July, NCWTS ratings are up 11 percent year-to-year. The Trucks return to SPEED on Sept. 18 from Loudon, with live coverage beginning with NCWTS Setup at 2:30 p.m. ET and race coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET.(SPEEDtv PR.)(9-8-2010)

  • NASCAR places Jack Smith on indefinite suspension: UPDATE more info: Jack Smith, driver of the No. 63 truck in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, has been suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for violating Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2010 NASCAR rule book. The violation occurred July 23.(NASCAR PR)(9-7-2010)
    UPDATE: Sirius NASCAR Radio’s Sirius Speedway is reporting that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Jack Smith has been suspended indefinitely from NASCAR after being arrested and charged with three felony counts of fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance in Wentzville, Missouri last month. NASCAR was reportedly informed by Wentzville Police on July 23 that Smith had been arrested the previous day after allegedly attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraudulent means on July 11, July 14 and July 22, 2010. He was suspended for violating Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2010 NASCAR rule book, and is scheduled to appear at a Bond Appearance Hearing on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 before Judge William T. Lohmar in St. Charles (WI) Circuit Court.(Sirius-Speedway PR)(9-7-2010)

  • Kentucky images added: Added a few images from Kentucky including: #7-Justin Lofton, VisitPit.com Toyota; #17-Timothy Peters, Wiss/Red Horse Racing Toyota; #18-Kyle Busch, Dollar General/Toyota Tundra Toyota; #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., E-Z-GO Chevrolet; #81-David Starr, Allegro Marinade Toyota. Check them out via the 2010 NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.(9-7-2010)

  • Truck series feud? Bodine vs. Busch? UPDATE more… Kyle Busch has been called a lot of things during his career, but dirty is not one of them. So when Todd Bodine used that to reference the way he raced him in Friday night’s Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway, Busch went to Victory Lane to confront the series leader. “I don’t feel like I’m a dirty racer,” Busch said between Sprint Cup practices at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday. “I feel like I’m a hard racer and an aggressive one. I wouldn’t call it dirty. Dirty is when you run into the back of somebody down the back straightaway and put them in the fence.” Busch, who dominated the race only to finish seventh because Bodine and others didn’t have to pit late for fuel, was in his motorcoach changing while Bodine celebrated his fourth win of the year. Busch’s biggest complaint was no late caution until Bodine said on live television, “I’d like to thank Kyle for driving me dirty and pushing us down.” Bodine was referring to an incident in which he spun out while Busch passed him on the high side. “I thought that was kind of low, but that’s how Bodine is,” said Busch, who ironically flew to Atlanta on the plane owned by Bodine’s team owner, Bob Germain. “The Germain’s are great people and have the utmost respect for them. Bob [Germain] gave me a lift down here last night, I appreciate that. It was just a matter of hard racing I thought. [Bodine] didn’t want me racing him that hard. Maybe next time I’ll lift.” (Read entire article at ESPN.com)(9-4-2010)
    UPDATE: Bodine interview quotes from Frontstretch.com:
    Q: What did Kyle say to you in victory lane?
    Bodine: He was just upset I called him out on TV for the way he drives and things he did on the track. He doesn’t have to do those things. He doesn’t have to race that way. He’s a hell of a race car driver, probably one of the best the sport’s ever seen and for him to be driving like that — he doesn’t just do it in Trucks, he does it in every division he runs, so he doesn’t discriminate. You don’t have to do those things, you don’t have to drive that way, but that’s what he chooses to do. I finally called him out on it, nobody else will and I did.
    Q: Do you regret saying it on television?
    Bodine: Absolutely not. I’m tired of it. I’m tired of — Bristol, perfect example. The kid should have been black flagged in Trucks and Nationwide and (NASCAR) didn’t do a damn thing about it, so now he just thinks he’s going to get away with it more. What he did to me, technically, was nothing wrong. That was racing, that’s part of it, but you don’t have to do it. We don’t have a gentleman’s agreement in the trucks, but we all know in the Truck Series you have to give more room alongside somebody because you’re going to get pulled around. They are way more aero-sensitive than the cars are in side-drafting and if you don’t give room you’re going to suck somebody around. We all try to give room because we all have a lot [smaller] budgets. We don’t race for the money they race for in the other two divisions. We can’t afford to be wrecking trucks and tearing stuff up. We understand that and try to give each other room.
    Q: Pennell: How frustrating is it being the points leader and being in the situation you are in — running in this series and having to worry about Kyle Busch?
    Bodine: That’s the frustrating part. He has no respect. No respect for anybody else on that race track and that’s wrong.
    [See complete interview at Frontstretch.com](9-5-2010)

  • NASCAR anounces 2nd Kentucky event 2011: The National Association For Stock Car Auto Racing today announced the addition of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event to the July 2011 NASCAR national-series race weekend at Kentucky Speedway. The Thursday, July 7 event will mark the 10th race on the NASCAR Camping World Series schedule and completes the 2011 schedule. It will be the first time the series has raced on a Thursday evening since 2005. A NASCAR Nationwide Series event follows on Friday, July 8, with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series following on Saturday, July 9. The tripleheader marks the first time all three NASCAR national series have run on the same weekend at Kentucky; it will be the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ first event there. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has raced at the 1.5-mile, tri-oval since 2000. “The Midwest fan base has supported the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Kentucky Speedway for over 10 years,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president, racing operations. “This will be a great addition to the inaugural Sprint Cup Series race weekend, adding to what will already be a tremendous three nights of racing for the fans.” Out of the 10 previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races held at the speedway, seven were won by past, reigning or future champions. Five won the series championship in the same season. Ron Hornaday Jr. is the only two-time Kentucky winner. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Kentucky on Oct. 1. It will be the first time the series has raced twice in the Bluegrass State in the same season. The 2011 season is the 17th for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. It begins Feb. 18 with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. [Revised schedule is posted on the 2011 NCWTS Schedule page.](NASCAR PR)(9-3-2010)

  • Goodyear Tire Notes – Kentucky: This is the first time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams will be running this combination of left- and right-side tires at Kentucky . . . they have already run this tire set-up twice at other tracks this season — at Dover in May and Michigan in June . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Kentucky . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire. [Complete tire specs are posted on the Kentucky Race Page.](Goodyear PR)(9-2-2010)

  • Starr in #81 with SS Green Light remainder of season: UPDATE image added: David Starr will return to the #81 Toyota this weekend at Kentucky Speedway with SS Green Light Racing. The team will now field the #81 truck with Starr behind the wheel for the remainder of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Starr made 16 starts with Randy Moss Motorsports before moving to SS Green Light Racing at Chicagoland Speedway; he scored a solid tenth-place finish in his first start in the team’s #21 Chevrolet. Starr driving the #81 for SS Green Light Racing will bring sponsorship with him from Zachry, Chasco Constructors, and for this weekend at Kentucky Speedway, Allegro Marinade. Visit the Allegro Marinade website for information on the full product line, recipes, and store locators. [Past information regarding this story can be found on the August NCWTS News Archives Page.](David Starr/Linkous Enterprises PR)(9-1-2010)
    UPDATE: Rendering of the #81-Allegro Marinade Toyota is posted on the #81 NCWTS Paint Scheme Page..(9-1-2010)

  • Lia & Stringer Motorsports partner for Kentucky and more: Both Stringer Motorsports and the former two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Series Champion and current NCWTS driver Donny Lia, both had openings in their remaining 2010 NCWTS schedules to come together and partner for a few of the remaining 2010 races with Lia driving the #90 Toyota for Stringer Motorsports led by Crew Chief Trip Bruce beginning this weekend for the Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers at Kentucky Speedway. Donny is a proven two-time Champion in the NASCAR Whelen Series and working together with another proven Champion Crew Chief Trip Bruce and all the guys on our #90 Team should prove to be an exciting time this weekend”. Says Doug Stringer. “Donny is a great addition to our Stringer Motorsports team along with our other driver Brad Sweet who will soon be featured once again in the #90 Great Clips Racing Truck”.(Stringer Motorsports PR)(9-1-2010)

  • Paludo to make second start at Kentucky, looking to teammate for advice: In his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut, Paludo scored a coveted top-ten finish. He credits his team and teammate with his early success in the Stemco Duroline Tundra. “Having a teammate that is the Truck Series points leader has been a benefit to me. We talk about the lines getting around the track and the best way to pass at the track. Todd gives me very good information and Germain Racing prepares very fast race trucks. We are looking forward to learning about racing on the mile and a half race tracks when we get the Stemco Duroline Tundra to Kentucky Speedway,” said Paludo, 27, who has earned the title of champion in two consecutive seasons in Brazilian Porsche GT3 Cup competition (19 wins, 10 pole positions and 10 “fastest laps”). To prepare for a full-time career in the Truck Series, Paludo is racing the No. 77 Stemco Duroline Tundra this season at Bristol (9th), Kentucky, Texas and Homestead and he will race in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Kansas.(Germain Racing PR)(9-1-2010)

  • Busch looking for win #5; Dollar General onboard: Kyle Busch’s “Drive for Five” in Friday night’s Built Ford Tough 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta will have a two-part meaning. The driver of the #18 Dollar General Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports will look to score his fifth Truck Series win of 2010 as he has already found victory lane at Nashville Superspeedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bristol, Motor Speedway and last week at Chicagoland Speedway. This week the yellow and black colors of Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General will adorn the #18 Toyota at Kentucky. The #18 Toyota is competing for the owner’s title, and his win last week in Chicagoland kept the team second in the standings, just 48 points behind the first-place No. 30 truck of Germain Racing.Kyle Busch Motorsports PR)(9-1-2010)

  • FarmPaint.com sponsor for Sauter at Kentucky: UPDATE image added: Johnny Sauter carries momentum with him as he heads to Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Sauter and crew chief Joe Shear, Jr. celebrated their first anniversary together at ThorSport Racing with a fourth-place finish last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. It was the pair’s 14th top-five finish in 27 races together and their sixth in the last eight races. FarmPaint.com will be the primary sponsor on the #13 ThorSport Racing/Curb Records Chevrolet driven by Johnny Sauter this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. FarmPaint.com supplies the agricultural industry’s finest coating products, at the most competitive prices.(ThorSport Racing PR)(9-1-2010)
    UPDATE: Rendering of the #13-FarmPaint.com Chevrolet is posted on the #13NCWTS Paint Schemes Page.(9-1-2010)


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